Friday, July 21, 2017

2017 Donruss Optic Baseball - All the Dodgers Cards

New in stores is Panini America's 2017 Donruss Optic Baseball card brand, and it includes plenty of subsets and inserts that are very recognizable to an old fart like myself. There are Diamond Kings cards, but they don't include actual drawings like what we saw in the 80's. Rated Rookies is back and Cody Bellinger is our rep in the set. There are even Dominator, Elite and The Rookies inserts to chase after. Go here for a complete checklist.

Below are all of the Dodger cards found in packs. As you likely know, Panini operates without a Major League license (they do have a MLBPAA license), so there are no team logos anywhere -- which is a major drawback to this set. It's awefully weird looking seeing a Dodger cap without the Dodger logo on it.

Diamond Kings

#14 Corey Seager

Blog Kiosk: 7/21/2017 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends

I guess you can't win them all.

Last night the Dodgers eleven game winning streak was snapped by the Braves and it just doesn't feel right. Heck, the Dodgers haven't lost at home in almost a month, and they haven't lost to a National League team since the early part of June. Per Austin Laymance and Joshua Thornton at
"It's a weird feeling," Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. "It's different. Even to that last out, I thought we were going to find a way to win the game. But I guess we have got to start another one tomorrow."
Photo above of Kenley Jansen, Don Newcombe and Matt Kemp via Jon SooHoo/LA Dodgers 2017. Go here to check out more pics by Jon and Jill Weisleder from yesterdays game. Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers HistoryIn 1956 Dodgers shortstop Pee Wee Reese recorded his 2,000th career hit. Also, fellow teammate Junior Gilliam set a Major League record by handling twelve assist at second base. 
  • Happy Birthday, Wally ClementClaude CorbittEarl Mossor!

Thursday, July 20, 2017

2017 Import Dragon Figurines -- Corey Seager Variant

Check this out figurine collectors.

As you know Import Dragon recently took over for McFarlane as the official maker of MLB figurines, and they just released their crop of 2017 statues. Both Corey Seager and Clayton Kershaw are available. Check those out in my previous post here.

I just discovered that there is a limited edition Corey Seager variant figurine available, as well. Check it out above and below. It is limited to 1,000 copies and features Seager in a Dodger road grey uniform. His base figurines shows him in home whites.

Blog Kiosk: 7/20/2017 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends

The Dodgers don't need no stinkin' rain delay!

With a 9-1 lead at the top of the eighth inning the game got delayed as a massive downpour suddenly overtook Chicago. It was as if someone turned on the shower as some unsuspecting drunk slept it off in the tub. Nevertheless, it was likely a welcome respite -- especially for ice cream loving rookie Cody Bellinger (as evidenced in the photo on the right). He decided to enjoy a cone and a cup-o'-noodles in the clubhouse before the game got called in the Dodgers favor.

The win extends their winning streak to 11 games. Per Ken Gurnick and Fabian Ardaya at
"The confidence we have in our group that we're going to win a game, is real," said Dodgers manager Dave Roberts. "The talent in the room, the confidence we have, is real. Now it's go out and do it. You can talk about it, but you have to go out and do it and, so, we're doing it."
Photo above via @Dodgers on twitter. Bellinger photo on right also via the @Dodgers on twitter. Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers HistoryIn 1906 Brooklyn Superbas (Dodgers) pitcher Mal Eason no-hit the Cardinals in St. Louis, 2-0. In 1925 future Hall of Famer and Brooklyn Dodger pitcher Dazzy Vance struck out 17 Cubs to defeat Chicago 4-3 in 10 innings. In 1970 Dodger hurler Bill Singer no hit the Phillies at Dodger Stadium, 5-0. Singer struck out ten, walked none and committed two errors on the field.
  • Happy Birthday, Heinie ManushClaude CrockerCharles Johnson!

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Braves Series Starts Thursday - Stadium Giveaways, Pregame Info and Other Stuff!

The next homestand starts on Thursday against the Atlanta Braves. Below are some odds and ends for this upcoming homestand. Here are some important links:
A new item has been added to the menu at Dodger Stadium. It is called the Think Blue Burrito and it includes pulled pork, black beans, Spanish rice, Pico de Gallo, and avocado crema wrapped in a flour tortilla. See it on the right. You can find it on the Reserve level, Section 32.

Also, for this homestand against the Braves only the Dodgers have made the Chicken Waffle Sammy that includes a Belgian waffle with spicy crispy chicken, candied bacon and maple syrup. See it on the left. It can be found on the Field Level, Section 8 and the Reserve Level, Section 14.

Thursday, July 20th at 7:10 PM
RHP Mike Foltynewicz vs. RHP Brandon McCarthy
TV: SportsNet LA, SNLA Spanish
Radio: 570 LA Sports, KTNQ 1020

Thursday's game starts at 7:10 PM. Auto gates open at 4:40 PM, and stadium gates open at 5:10 PM.

The first 40,000 fans in attendance will receive Great Dodger Moments Coin #5 featuring the 1984 Olympics. See it on the right.

It is Olympics Night at Dodger Stadium.  Folks who ordered a special ticket package will get an exclusive Olympics Night cap.  See that on the left.  If not already sold out go here for information.

2017 Topps Now -- #369 -- 30 Wins In Last 34 Games, Best Since 1977

With Clayton Kershaw on the mound last night it's no surprise the club set a new mark. Over the past 34 games they have won 30 contest -- best since the 1977 Royals. In fact, they are the first National League team to do it since the 1936 Giants. Best yet, the Dodgers have won 14 straight games when Kershaw has started -- the best streak of his career.